As bacteria becomes more resistant, the spread of disease is slowly growing to become a pandemic-level threat. Samantha Lee/Business Insider While the world focuses on defeating the coronavirus, less attention has been paid to another global threat: bacterial disease. Infections from bacteria are on a slow march to become a COVID-19-level threat, experts told Insider, and growing antibiotic resistance means there are few ways to stop it. The spread of the coronavirus, they said, shows how unprepared the US’s health system is to handle the growing threat of bacterial infections. Many scientists are pinning their hopes on phages, a type of virus that can target and kill specific kinds of bacteria. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While the world struggles to end the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say we're already dealing with another global infectious-disease threat.Antibiotic-resistant bacteria don't get as much attention as COVID-19, since the diseases they cause spread slowly and steadily, rather than taking the world by storm in a short period of time.But bacteria could become a COVID-19-level threat, experts say.

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